to show his face to the public after his company had a CTO for the past 15 months is a huge huge signal that he's confident the BGM is now moving forward and it's all systems go!
You can rest asure that BGM will be the talk @ one of the water coolers today @ the conference!  And you know that FC is going to be pulled aside by at least one of the heavy weights there to say, 'hey, what cha got, Frankie, @ Cow Mountain?  10 Million ounces of contained gold, really?'  Wholly $ hit!!